18 June 2014

Recognition for historic riverside community

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The Oaks Estate draft master plan balances the need for future development with preservation of the area’s character, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.

“The release of the draft master plan is a culmination of feedback from the local residents, business owners and lessees, the Oaks Estate Progress Association, and the Queanbeyan City Council,” Mr Corbell said.

“It considers the heritage values for the area following a series of heritage studies in response to community concern that the existing heritage nominations should be determined to provide clarity and direction for Oaks Estate.”

The draft master plan establishes five key principles to protect the history and unique nature of Oaks Estate. It aims to protect and enhance the existing character of Oaks Estate; provide new opportunities for future growth and change; develop a sense of arrival into the area; enhance connectivity and accessibility; and expand on the recreational value of the Molonglo and Queanbeyan river corridors.

One key outcome in the draft plan is support for the existing mixed-use village core as a new focus for the community and business.

“The draft plan aims to achieve a balance between light industrial, commercial and residential land uses that will allow the community to grow into the future,” Mr Corbell said.

“This will ensure businesses can continue to operate and encourage small-scale development opportunities based on Oaks Estate’s unique history and character.”

Another proposal is the preservation and enhancement of the Molonglo River and Queanbeyan River corridors by investigating a new historic recreation loop to connect the village core to the river.

ESDD planners will be on hand to discuss the draft master plan at the Oaks Estate Community Hall, 6-8pm Thursday 3 July and 10am-noon Saturday 5 July.

The Oaks Estate draft master plan and information on how to comment are available at www.timetotalk.act.gov.au. Comments close 10 August 2014.

(Simon Corbell Media Release)

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